The Kite Runner. Symbolism in the novel By Sarah Scott. Kite Symbolism.
Symbolism in the novelBy Sarah Scott
:-Kites are mentioned frequently throughout the book. The title being named ‘the kite runner’ gives the reader an instant indication of not only the significance of kites throughout the story but also who the term ‘ the kite runner’ symbolisesand represents.
:- In chapter one of the novel we have the first mention of kites. Amir mentions seeing ‘a pair of kites’ in the very first page. In his description of the kites we are aware of the colour symbolism the author uses, describing the two kites as being ‘red with long blue tails’. This can be interpreted as symbolising the colours of America (red , white and blue) and therefore symbolising what America stands for such as freedom. Although kites do represent freedom to an extent , we can also say that what they truly represent is a restraint from true freedom due to the freedom that the kite itself has from souring in the sky , yet it is kept under control and is being restrained by its owner or the possessor of the kite by the string its attached to.
:- The kites in the story can also symbolise the class division which is apparent between Hassan and Amir. This is shown in the kite fighting competition where we are told of how Amir controls the kite while Hassan feeds Amir the string. This is symbolic as it symbolises how Hassan caters to Amir in all the different aspects of the boys life yet it is Amir who is the sole benefiter of all that Hassan does. Even in the competition when it is a joint effort between the boys in cutting down the rest of the kites , it is Amir who gets all the glory for winning the tournament.